December 3, 2021

Called Involved in PCR Business, Luhut Forgot to Own Shares in PT GSI

Deputy for Investment and Mining Coordination at the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment (Marves) Septian Hario Seto said the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan had forgotten that he had shares in PT Genomik Solidaritas Indonesia (GSI).

“He had time to ask me, ‘Does Toba Sejahtera have shares in GSI?’. He doesn’t remember, apparently. I explained the chronology that I remembered at that time,” Seto said in a written statement, Monday (11/8/2021). Berita politik

Meanwhile, the names of Coordinating Minister Luhut and Minister of BUMN Erick Thohir became the public spotlight after being said to be involved in the PCR test business through PT GSI.

In fact, PT GSI, said Seto, was founded purely to help resolve the obstacles faced by Indonesia in the early days of the pandemic, namely the limitations of PCR test kits. Berita Terkini

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“So the profits obtained by GSI are reused for social purposes, such as providing free PCR for the poor, health workers, or people at Wisma Atlet. They even helped the Ministry of Health to perform genome sequencing for free to detect delta variants. This model is more sustainable because it doesn’t rely on donations,” said Seto.

Meanwhile, in the establishment of PT GSI, two companies affiliated with Luhut, namely PT Toba Sejahtra and PT Tiba Bumi Energi, recorded holding shares in PT GSI. PT Toba Sejahtra and PT Toba Bumi Energi pocketed 242 shares worth Rp242 million there. Berita hari ini

Despite investing shares in PT GSI, Seto ensured that Coordinating Minister Luhut and other shareholders did not gain any profit from the PCR test business.

“In the GSI shareholder agreement, there is a stipulation that 51 percent of the profits must be reused for social purposes. Therefore, until this moment there has been no distribution of profits such as dividends to shareholders,” he said.

Seto emphasized that the establishment of PT GSI involving PT Toba Sejahtra owned by Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan was purely social or not for profit. Vitamin dan Suplemen

“In the GSI shareholder agreement, there is a stipulation that 51 percent of the profits must be reused for social purposes. Therefore, until now there has been no distribution of profits such as dividends to shareholders,” said Seto in a written statement, Monday (8/8). 11/2021).

In fact, he continued, other profits were used to reinvest in other laboratory equipment or equipment, one of which was to perform genome sequencing.

Seto also explained the reason why Coordinating Minister Luhut participated in initiating the establishment of PT GSI even though he knew from the start that he would not get material benefits from it.

He admitted that he advised the Minister to participate in the establishment of a virus examination laboratory because the conditions at that time were that Indonesia’s laboratories still had many shortcomings.

“My suggestion to Pak Luhut is that we participate in the establishment of this lab. So without thinking, Pak Luhut conveyed to me, let’s help them. Finally, through Toba Sejahtera [who has the funds for this need], Pak Luhut also supports the establishment of the lab. So GSI was born, after that, we no longer monitor this GSI,” said Seto.

Seto also told the chronology of the problems that occurred related to the PCR test, one of which was the limitation of the RNA extraction tool. According to him, for several months, existing laboratories were still using manual RNA extraction for PCR tests. Meanwhile, to procure tools related to PCR tests will be time constrained if only relying on the state budget.

Seto revealed that Luhut then ordered him to look for PCR equipment which would later be donated to medical faculties in several campuses. This was done because the medical faculty has the skills to run PCR tests and in the future it can be used for other research.

“About money, we’ll donate it later, To,” said Seto imitating Luhut’s statement.

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